Lisa's week: What will the Year of the Rooster mean for you?
Last weekend (28th January) marked Chinese New Year, which is quite the celebration for millions of people around the world and can be found in almost all major cities both in China and here in the west.
Based on the lunar calendar, Chinese New Year is a moving celebration and usually occurs between 21st January and 20th February with people beginning to celebrate the evening before and then continuing to party on for two weeks. Each new year is represented by an animal according to the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac, and the year from 28th January 2017 to 5th February 2018 is the Year of the Rooster.
This is very much a family festivity with many travelling thousands of miles to spend a few days with those nearest and dearest, celebrating, feasting and then sweeping away bad fortune together on New Year’s Day. In addition to having a focus on family, the celebrations are full of light and sound with bell ringing, the lighting of firecrackers and of course, the very famous traditional dragon and lion dances.
Babies born on New Year’s Day can often be found dressed in traditional costumes or as the animal that is represented in the new astrological year. So, if you look online at the moment, you’ll find lots of cute photos of new born babies dressed up as chickens!
Traditionally, children and young people receive red envelopes filled with “lucky” money and positive wishes for the new year but technology has even taken over this custom and these days, some teenagers are receiving virtual red envelopes via a smart phone app.
People born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Rooster are considered flexible, honest, energetic, confident, talented, hardworking and intelligent as well as people good at engaging others, often enjoying entertaining or even performing in the spotlight. However, this can also bring out vanity, arrogance or the wish to boast about their qualities.
According to Chinese astrology, the year of your sign is very bad luck for you so if you were born in the Year of the Rooster, you might have a difficult year ahead!
For the rest of us, it is said that the Year of the Rooster will be a powerful one where impressions mean a lot and you should be clear about your intentions of where you want to go. This is not the year to take risks and well-trodden paths to success might be more appropriate. You might want to concentrate on the positive character traits of the Rooster such as loyalty, commitment and family values for a fruitful year ahead.
What is Lisa's week?
"We’ve (hopefully) been entertaining you so far with the meaning and background of a weekly English idiom and now we’ve decided to expand that a little to give me the chance to share some details that come my way in my daily life as a Business English teacher. I hope to find weekly tidbits of information and experience to tell you about such as British traditions that I (or we) celebrate, or typical mistakes made when speaking English, or even some of the funny things I come across in my daily life. We hope that you’ll enjoy the insight into the life of a Brit in Germany!"
Episode 1: The Queen's 90th birthday
Episode 2: What did you do last Sunday?
Episode 3: What's the best way to answer?
Episode 4: The sound of London
Episode 5: Not just a last resort
Episode 6: Quick tip of the week: advice vs. advise
Episode 7: Title talk
Episode 8: The Union Jack
Episode 9: Why Thursday?
Episode 10: Quick tip of the week - Are you watching or just looking?
Episode 11: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness
Episode 12: Don't forget to take you handy to the public viewing!
Episode 13: Up in the Highlands
Episode 14: Quick tip of the week - "Popular" false friends
Episode 15: Pie in the sky
Episode 16: Through the tunnel
Episode 17: Keep left!
Episode 18: Quick tip of the week - Rise vs. raise vs. arise
Episode 19: How do you say that?
Episode 20: Back to School!
Episode 21: Sweet cravings
Episode 22: Can you change a fiver?
Episode 23: Grabbing some "me time"
Episode 24: Typical Mistakes (part 1)
Episode 25: Fancy a cuppa?
Episode 26: Quip tip of the week - Fell vs. fall etc.
Episode 27: Things that go bump in the night!
Episode 28: Remember, remember the fifth of November, gunpower, treason and plot
Episode 29: What's that badge you're wearing?
Episode 30: Bless you!
Episode 31: What are you thankful for?
Episode 32: Where's the larget Christmas Market outside Germany or Austria?
Episode 33: What's behind the door?
Episode 34: The joy of a Christmas cracker!
Episode 35: Does it all fit on the table?
Episode 36: Seeing in the New Year
Episode 37: How are your resolutions going?
Episode 38: Quick tip of the week - "Popular" false friends - part 2